This simple yet delicious meal recipe was shared in my first newsletter, sent out last Friday, and since is almost time for the next newsletter, I share it here for easy reference. This meal was inspired by the October issue of Bon Appétit magazine. They always have great ideas for seasonal meals and I love making some of them Plant Paradox compliant.
A lectin-free dinner that feels like home
I love mushrooms and polenta but for obvious ‘lectin-free reasons’ corn flour polenta is not an option in our home. Fun fact: I grew up eating polenta, which is a traditional daily dish in Romania, served as an accompaniment for the every-day Romanian stew. Mushrooms and thyme are also staples in Romanian cuisine, so this meal felt pretty familiar. I enjoyed much roasting the mushrooms, make sure you get the edges crispy by broiling them at the end, it makes for an amazing umami flavor.
Millet can be tricky. It has to be a good quality but I’m not sure yet what makes a good quality millet. At first when I tried millet I would always have grains in the batch that would stay crunchy, I even heard someone saying that the whole batch of millet didn’t soften after 20 minutes of boiling in x4 times the liquid. My last experience was perfect, I bought it from the bulk section at Whole Foods and it worked nicely for this dish. As per millet flour, sometimes used to make polenta, I tried it and it was a failure. I don’t like the texture, and it tastes bitter, so I totally recommend using the grains.
Enjoy, possibly with a glass of red.
Thyme Roasted Mushrooms with Millet Polenta
An easy and warming lectin-free dinner idea.
- FOR THE ROASTED MUSHROOMS
- 1.5 lbs mixed mushrooms (I used oyster and mini portobello, but you can use a more diverse mix)
- few springs of fresh thyme plus more for serving
- 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled and slightly smashed
- Himalayan pink salt
- extra virgin olive oil
- FOR THE MILLET POLENTA
- 1/2 cup millet (grains, not flour)
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp iodized sea salt
- 1 or 2 tsp French butter
- a small handful of grated Pecorino Romano
TO MAKE THE ROASTED MUSHROOMS: Wash and pat dry the mushrooms and cut them in medium chunks. Add them to a large baking sheet, add salt, pepper, thyme, garlic and extra virgin olive oil, toss and mix. Bake, on the upper rack, at 350F for about 25 minutes, and broil for another 5-7 minutes at 400F. While the mushrooms are in the oven, you will make the polenta.
TO MAKE THE MILLET POLENTA: Heat a stainless steel sauce pan (about 3QT) on medium heat and add the dry millet. Slightly roast the millet in the dry pan until it becomes fragrant (make sure you stir continuously so it doesn't burn). When you start to smell the millet being roasted add the water (being careful with the hot pan, a lot of steam will be released). If you see impurities coming to the surface, check the water level, throw that water away and replace with a new one. The reason I don't wash it first is because I like to roast the grains first when they are dry. And I don't always throw the water but if I see too many impurities in the water I do it. Add the salt and cook on low to medium heat until all the water is absorbed, it will take about 20-25 minutes (stir regularly). Transfer to an oven resistant dish, add the butter and half of the cheese and mix. Add the rest of the cheese on top and broil at 425F for about 5 minutes.